Protesters Demand Resignation Of S. Korean President
Meanwhile, Park will not be charged because the country’s constitution affords the president immunity while holding office.
Although Park has apologized several times, she has resisted the public pressure to resign, infuriating her critics — who has questioned her judgment and credibility.
She is set to leave office in February 2018 as she cannot run in the country’s presidential election in December next year.
Choi charged following arrest
The presidential scandal started
when CNN South Korean affiliate JTBC found evidence that Choi had received secret documents on an abandoned tablet device.
When Choi’s father died, she succeeded him as leader of the Eternal Life Church. For years, she has given Park spiritual guidance.
“It’s much more than simply, ‘Oh she knows this person,’ it’s deeply intertwined, almost like they’re Rasputin and Park Geun-hye is just a puppet,” David Kang, director of the Korean Studies Institute at the University of Southern California, recently told
The classified information scandal, while rare and shocking in South Korea, isn’t the only reason many are calling for her to step down.
There has been growing frustration with Park over the past few years. Issues that angered her opponents included the stagnating economy and the Sewol ferry sinking, which killed more than 300 people. Many South Koreans were outraged at the systemic lapses that contributed to the sinking.